I’m like the old-time Chicago Cubs starting pitcher under Leo Durocher. You work ’till the game is won, or over.
Since 1998 I’ve probably written more than 1 million words about the Cubs in most of the 10 books I’ve published, not counting a children’s book on Cubs history, innumerable newspaper, magazine, and on-line stories, and my syndicated Diamond Gems radio show — soon coming to this and other sites via video.
The game, and the Cubs story, isn’t anywhere near over. Get ready for some more word counts in this new blog.
You may already have seen one entry, some personal memories of the incomparable Pat Hughes-Ron Santo on-air pairing. That was only the tip of the iceberg in stories about both gentlemen. By the way, Hughes shares my exact same birthday in a year far, far away. We were twins separated at birth — he got the good voice, I retained the loud voice.
There are countless more stories about the Cubs I’d be glad to share here. But past is only prologue for the endless drama the North Siders present in their second century of questing for a World Series title. We’ll provide the wealth of those decades of experience, plus the benefit of relationships with key Cubs figures past and present, in these paragraphs. I’ve seen everything take place at Wrigley Field and various postseason outposts — except a World Series and a no-hitter. Yeah, I missed Carlos Zambrano’s hitless gem in Milwaukee in 2008 because my shoulders ached bailing out the back basement door drain from a flood created by the same hurricane remnants that shifted the Astros-Cubs game to Miller Park and prompted the no-no.
The Cubs story is so compelling, so tragic and yet a few times so uplifting that you can’t get enough of it. That’s what I’ll try to provide here — an inside perspective about why the Cubs are doing what they’re doing.
Plugola is permitted here. So check out my brand-new baseball book, my 10th full non-fiction book published since 1998, “When The Game Changed: An Oral History of Baseball’s True Golden Age 1969-79.” I’ll take you back in time 35 years to Ol’ Chet and Papa Carl and all sorts of colorful bleachers characters (Ronnie Woo Woo was only an annoying sound in the distance then: “Fanzone, Woo; Fanzone, Woo”). But the book also features the memories of a cast of dozens ranging from Hall of Famers to one of the first female ushers at Wrigley Field.
Stay tuned for further adventures as we explore the vast Cubs Universe. And don’t be afraid to holler back. I’ll hear you loud and clear.